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Architects Professional Code of Ethics

Because architects are tasked with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, they are held to a strict code of ethics. 

What does this code of ethics say?

While the code of ethics may vary slightly in each state, the basic principles remain. I've outlined some of these principles below:

1. Architects must act with honesty and integrity. We are not allowed to make statements that are false, deceptive or misleading.

2. Architects cannot take the credit for the work of others. They may not overstate or misrepresent their role on a project.

3. Architects may not solicit or accept compensation from any other party other than their client. 

4. Architects cannot misrepresent their qualifications, capabilities, or experiences.

5. Architects shall not engage in fraud or deliberate disregard of others.

In other words, do no harm.


Violation of any of these and other rules can lead to revocation or suspension of the privilege to practice architecture by the state licensing board.

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